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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September  30, 2013

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 40  2013

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

The end of the month and quarter brought a slower pace to framing lumber markets. Carryover from last week¨s action lifted many prices for the week, but a decided slowdown by Thursday halted much of the earlier momentum. Drops in futures Wednesday and Thursday left some traders jittery. Month-end discounting was reported in some species, most noticeably Southern Pine. Some traders said the market was due for a pause after its late summer run. Gains for the week lifted the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price to $381.

  This Week
Sep 27
Last Week
Sep 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $381 $373 $323
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 359 351 285
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 451 444 385
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 325 318 265
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 409 396 383
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 365 360 295
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 720 710 487
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Trading in structural panels picked up. With mill order files stretching well into October and loads flowing freely out of their yards, buyers showed more willingness to purchase OSB, especially in the second half of the week. A steady pace of replacement purchasing kept Southern Pine plywood mills' order files moving out, and prices tilted upward. Secondaries were generally upbeat about the market. Western Fir plywood sales were unspectacular, but steady enough for mills to edge up prices.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 27
Last Week
Sep 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $381 $376 $419
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 387-410 382-400 405-430
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 393-415 385-410 400-440
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 416 410 430
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 250 243 320
*Weighted average of 11 key items



(Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.)

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